This is the most common question about our Fraternity. Freemasonry has been described as a peculiar system of morality veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols. Contrary to what you may read on the internet, Freemasonry is not a religion but it is religious in nature.
To become a Freemason you have to meet certain requirements. First, you must be a man, 21 years of age or older. Next you have to be of good moral character. All this means is that you do not have a criminal record, and are a good and moral man. You must also believe in God, the creator of the Universe. And you must believe in the eternity of the human soul. Lastly, you must ASK to become a Mason. As Freemasons, we will never ask anyone to join our fraternity. That is why you see bumper stickers that say "To Be One Ask One"!
Freemasonry dates back to Biblical times at the building of King Solomon's Temple. These ancient stone Masons formed guilds that traveled the world building beautiful buildings. Modern Freemasonry uses the same tools and instruments of the ancient Masons and uses them to teach certain life lessons.
Many of the founders of our great nation were Freemasons. In fact George Washington, the Father of our Country, was a very prominent Freemason. Benjamin Franklin and many other Founding Fathers were also Masons.